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Author: William Shakespeare
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Henry VI, Part 2 (Quarto 1, 1594)


The first part of the contention of the two famous
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Enter the Duke of Yorke with Drum and souldiers,
Yorke. In Armes from Ireland comes Yorke amaine,
Ring belles aloud, bonfires perfume the ayre,
2995To entertaine faire Englands royall King.
Ah Sancta Maiesta, who would not buy thee deare?

Enter the Duke of Buckingham.

But soft, who comes here Buckingham, what newes with him?
Buc. Yorke, if thou meane well, I greete thee so.
Yorke. Humphrey of Buckingham, welcome I svveare:
What comes thou in loue or as a Messenger?
Buc. I come as a Messenger from our dread Lord and soueraign,
3010Henry. To knovv the reason of these Armes in peace?
Or that thou being a subiect as I am,
Shouldst thus approach so neare vvith colours spred,
Whereas the person of the King doth keepe?
3015Yorke. A subiect as he is.
Oh hovv I hate these spitefull abiect termes,
But Yorke dissemble, till thou meete thy sonnes,
3017.1Who novv in Armes expect their fathers sight,
And not farre hence I knovv they cannot be.
Humphrey Duke of Buckingham, pardon me,
3025That I ansvvearde not at first, my mind vvas troubled,
I came to remoue that monstrous Rebell Cade,
And heaue proud Somerset from out the Court,
That basely yeelded vp the Tovvnes in France.
3030Buc. Why that vvas presumption on thy behalfe,
But if it be no othervvise but so,
The King doth pardon thee, and granst to thy request,
And Somerset is sent vnto the Tovver.
Yorke. Vpon thine honour is it so?
3035Buc. Yorke, he is vpon mine honour.
York. Then before thy face, I here dismisse my troopes,
Sirs, meete me to morrovv in saint Georges fields,
And there you shall receiue your paie of me.
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Exet souldiers.
Buc. Come York, thou shalt go speake vnto the King,
3047.1But see, his grace is comming to meete vvith vs.
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